By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 01, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe in being proactive in the health of your feet. One of the ways you can do that is through your diet. Your food choices can have a big affect on your feet. First, just eating an overall healthy diet that’s heavy in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins and light on sugars and fats will contribute to an overall healthy body. It will also help you maintain an appropriate weight. Obesity is a risk factor for several foot disorders including sesamoiditis and plantar fasciitis. Here are some other foods to eat or avoid for healthy feet:

Eat more berries, cherries, salmon, tuna and bok choy and broccoli—okay, not all together, but these foods all have properties that help reduce the chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. Many conditions that affect the feet—arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis—are painful due to inflamed tissue.

Eat less refined grains, sugars, fats—these tend to increase inflammatory reactions in the body. They also can contribute to weight gain when eaten in excess.

Eat more beets, leafy greens, and high-water content fruit, such as watermelon and less sodium to help reduce swelling (or edema) of the feet. Drinking lots of water too, while it may seem counterintuitive, actually helps flush extra fluid from the body and can help control swelling.

Eat more cheese, yogurt, milk, and leafy greens, such as kale and bok choy. These foods are all rich in calcium, an essential nutrient for keeping the bones of your feet—all 26 of them—strong and healthy.

Eat less shell fish, red meat, red wine, organ meats and rich sauces if you have suffered from gout attacks. These foods are all high in purines, a chemical thought to trigger gout.

Of course, a healthy diet is only one component in a good foot care regimen. Taking care of your feet also requires paying attention to changes, pain or discomfort and letting your podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah know if you notice any unusual changes in your feet. If you have any foot concerns, contact us for an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office.